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    In Sudan, thousands of people gathered in the streets of the capital, Khartoum, on Friday (25 May) to watch parades marking the tenth anniversary of the military coup which brought the country's President Jaafar Nimeiri, to power.

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    In Sudan, thousands of people gathered in the streets of the capital, Khartoum, on Friday (25 May) to watch parades marking the tenth anniversary of the military coup which brought the country's President Jaafar Nimeiri, to power.

    SYNOPSIS: President Nimeiri, wearing the uniform of Field Marshal, a rank to which he had been appointed the night before, arrived for the anniversary parade. Sudan, though the largest country in Africa and for the past year chair-holder of the Organisation of Africa Unity, presents a picture of stability, but it has major economic problems.

    President Nimeiri took the salute as contingents from the armed forces, cultural groups and youth associations marched through the streets of Khartoum. Military delegations from Egypt, Djibouti, Nigeria, West Germany and the Libyan Jamahiriyah watched the celebrations.

    The presence of the Libyan delegation was seen by observers in Khartoum as a sign of considerable improvement in relations between Sudan and the Libyan Jamahiriyah, following a period of tension. As the parade continued aircraft from the Sudanese air force took part in a ceremonial fly-past over the capital.

    In a speech reviewing progress during the ten years since the revolution President Nimeiri said that Sudan's gross national product had risen almost five-fold to two point seven billion Sudanese pounds (about 6.7 billion U.S. dollars)
    Despite the delebrations Sudan's economy problems remain; the country's debts total an estimated $2,000 million dollars and further loans from the International Monetary Fund are dependant on cut-backs in government spending. President Nimeiri pledged continuing support for the Palestinian cause and the struggle against racism in Africa.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7N34IGPBGXZ4PSUG7V1ZOJ9CW
    Media URN:
    VLVA7N34IGPBGXZ4PSUG7V1ZOJ9CW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/05/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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